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Why we regulate
Learn what types of wastewater discharges are regulated and how
Plan review
The DNR reviews plans for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plant construction
Discharge permits
Wastewater discharges to surface or groundwaters

WPDES Permits on public notice

Public notices are required by law to alert interested members of the public of the DNR's intention to authorize a Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) discharge to a water of the state. The notices are posted here on the DNR website for 30 days and are also published once in the legal notices section of the local newspaper in the vicinity of the facility. The notice identifies the facility by name, indicates where the discharge is located, and briefly describes the facility's activities.

Public comments procedure

The public notice document explains how to get more information or comment on the proposed permit action. A member of the public may submit written comments or request that the Department hold a public informational hearing. For comments or requests to be timely, they must be submitted within 30 days from the date of public notice, unless otherwise indicated in the notice.

Public participation procedures are detailed in NR 203, Wis. Adm. Code [PDF, exit DNR].

Permit issuance process

The process the DNR follows in issuing WPDES wastewater permits is explained in the overview of the WPDES wastewater permit process. Permits are not considered final and issued until they have been signed and dated by appropriate DNR staff. Final copies of WPDES wastewater permits are not available from the DNR website. Please contact the permit drafter indicated in the notice directly to obtain a copy of a final (issued) permit. Copies of permit applications can also be obtained by contacting the permit drafter.

Proposed permit documents

To view a public notice, click on the date of public notice indicated below under the column heading entitled "Notice Publication Date". The proposed permit can be downloaded by clicking on the file size indicated under the column entitled "Permit Draft". Other supporting documents, when available, are also provided. These may include the Fact Sheet, Water Quality Based Effluent Limits (WQBEL) Memo, compliance determination, facility diagram, variance documentation (if applicable) and other documents, depending on the permit action being taken and type of discharge. All documents are in PDF format.

Permittee Permit No. County Notice Publication Date Permit Action Permit Draft Variance
Foremost Farms USA Coop Sparta WI0047546-6 Monroe January 18 reissuance 163KB   187KB
Stahl Bros Dairy LLC WI0061999-4 Kewaunee January 18 reissuance/
201KB   192KB
Randolph, Village WI0031160-8-1 Dodge January 17 modification 201KB    
Black River Falls, City WI0021954-9 Jackson January 10 reissuance 170KB 561KB 98KB
Auburndale, Village WI0022411-8 Wood January 10 reissuance 167KB 956KB 137KB
Manitowoc, City WI0024601-9 Manitowoc January 10 reissuance 219KB   467KB
WDNR Les Voigt State Fish Hatchery WI0004162-10 Bayfield December 29 reissuance 100KB   359KB
WDNR Brule River State Fish Hatchery WI0004171-10 Douglas December 29 reissuance 96KB   190KB
WDNR Osceola Fish Hatchery WI0004197-9 Polk December 27 reissuance 97KB   2.5MB
WDNR St. Croix Falls Hatchery WI0004201-9 Polk December 27 reissuance 97KB   259KB
Bloomer, City WI0020575-10 Chippewa December 20 reissuance 181KB   132KB
Legend Farms Dairy LLC WI0066265-1 Kewaunee December 19 issuance/
155KB   31KB
Hall's Calf Ranch WI0065013-2 Kewaunee December 19 reissuance/
145KB   30KB
Prairie du Chien, City WI0020257-9 Crawford December 18 reissuance/
199KB 309KB 894KB
Contact information
For more information on WPDES public notices, contact:
Permits section
Water Quality Bureau
Last revised: Thursday January 18 2018